The Browning is a metal/ electronica band that formed in 2005 out of Kansas City, and is about to release their third studio album, Isolation! The album comes out tomorrow -June 24 and thanks to Spinefarm Records, we were granted the chance to review this album.
For this album, frontman, Jonny McBee wanted to change up the band's sound once again, and has been working on this album as far back as 2014. Along the way, some things began to develop. He was quoted saying, "Over the course of the last three years, rock music is primarily all I’ve listened to. I’ve been ingesting bands like Rammstein, Disturbed, and Three Days Grace. My writing swung towards that. I knew this album was going to have more of a rock vibe. Obviously, there’s still metal, but the scope has expanded. The electronics remain a big part of it. Since day one, the whole point was to not only be the heaviest electronic band, but the band with by far the most electronics.”
Enter in what I assume was the first single, "Dragon" which apparently is based off a book Jonny is writing! I know absolutely nothing about the book, but the song seems to be about feeling numb to everything. I'm not sure why its called dragon then, because as far as I know dragons do feel things, but then again, I've never met a dragon, so who knows!
Something I discovered very quickly with this album was how well the EDM elements meshed with the metal instrumentals. It all flowed very nicely, and surprisingly didn't drown out the lyrics at all. That tends to be something I notice with this genre a lot, and yet, The Browning managed to do it seamlessly. So kudos on that.
I'm not a massive fan of this genre, so I don't have a lot to base it off of but I can say I liked what I heard. A track I would like to highlight is "Disconnect" which actually features Emmure's Frankie Palmeri. This is another song about how the internet is destroying human connection, and while I don't exactly agree with it, I see the point and think they did a good job on the track. It stands out because of the rapping Frankie offered, and is just very well done.
I don't know if The Browning hit their goal of being the heaviest electronic band, or the one with the most electronics, but I can say they're one of the better ones I've heard. Anyone who's into this sort of metalcore meets EDM style is highly encouraged to give them a list. Perhaps start with this album even, since it does come out tomorrow anyways. You can get it online now or in FYE stores across the US.
Use it, and the rest of their music to get excited because they are currently on tour with Bermuda and Fire From The Gods. The tour goes through June 30, and then in August they head on over to Europe to perform in Germany, the UK and France. For further information, please head on over to their official Facebook page.
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